BAD WEATHER put paid to the “come and sing” style Messiah at Brockholes in January.

“We had to cancel because of the snow. Conditions were dreadful,” said the sing’s organiser Noel Clarke.

“We managed to contact virtually everyone to tell them that we though conditions were too bad to risk people turning out.”

Now all those concerned with what has become a traditional event for St George’s is keeping fingers crossed that the weather doesn’t give a repeat performance on Sunday, April 18.

“We’ve arranged a new date and everything will go ahead pretty well as it was first intended,” said Mr Clarke.

“The only change is that we now have Jonathan Wilby singing the tenor role.”

The remaining soloists will be those lined-up for the initial event.

They are prize-winning soprano Sarah Ogden, a former Kirklees Young Musician of the Year who is from Brockholes.

The contralto is Barbara Brook, who sings with Huddersfield Choral Society and is a respected soloist.

Bass baritone Thom Meredith, who is principal of Kirklees Music School and director of Colne Valley Male Voice Choir, completes a top-line group of soloists.

The organist will be Malcolm Hinchliff and Julian Wightman will play trumpet.

Singers will get together at 2.30pm on April 18 for a rehearsal conducted by Mr Clarke with a performance at 7pm.

Singers are welcome to join. Concert admission is free, donations are asked for towards the costs of staging the event and for church funds.